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OGILVIE, John, clergyman, born in New York city in 1722; died there, 26 November, 1774. He was graduated at Yale in 1748 in the same class with Bishop Seabury, and after receiving orders was appointed to the mission among the Mohawk Indians. He began his labors at Albany in March, 1749, and in June of the same year, under the direction of the Society for propagating the gospel, devoted himself to his special work. The Indians were quite demoralized, but Mr. Ogilvie spared no efforts in their behalf. For ten years, amid great discouragements, he continued at his post on the outskirts of civilization, and his labors resulted in marked improvement of those under his care. The French and Indian war caused much difficulty for the missionary among the Mohawks, whose settlements were invaded in 1758, and many families of whom were carried into captivity. Mr. Ogilvie was appointed chaplain to the Royal American regiment, and was present in every campaign during the war. He was with Sir William Johnson in 1759, and the next year with General Amherst in his expedition against Canada. During this time he continued his missionary work among the Indians that accompanied the army. In 1764 Mr. Ogilvie was appointed an assistant minister in Trinity church, New York, which post he held during the remaining ten years of his life. He received the degree of D. D. from King's (now Columbia) college in 1770, and soon afterward from the University of Aberdeen. The accompanying illustration represents old Trinity church, which in 1839 gave way to the present beautiful structure.
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